We have a lot of interesting projects going on here at Authorized Imported Car. We will be completing full rotisserie restorations on a few 1965, 1967, and a 1968 Jaguar XKE E-Types. We also have a few V12 E-Types in various stages of repair and restoration, as well as a 1971 Porsche 911 SportoMatic Coupe and an interesting Jaguar XK150 Coupe. As you can see, we are very busy making these cars back into masterpieces.
We still have a small list of classics for sale – some ready for restoration, and some ready for your driving pleasure. It is always best to call and see whats available around the shop, as many change hands before we get a chance to put them up on the web site.
May Everyone Have A great 2017.
The little Triumph TR3 was awoken from his slumber as he heard Santa and The Reindeer arrived for some quick repairs to his sled before tonight’s epic journey…
Authorized Imported Car will be hosting the New Jersey Triumph Association for an end of season open house. The shop will be open for a tour and the lifts will be available for members to get their cars up in the air for inspections and/or some light maintenance. Come join us at 10am on Saturday November 12th for some warm coffee and a fun day of cool cars and cool car people.
After a little more than 2 years of hard work, we were finally able to deliver this 1967 Jaguar XKE roadster to its new caretakers. We did a full ground up, every nut and bolt, restoration to bring back her beauty and charm. Thank you to my team of meticulous hard workers, my wife, and my parts suppliers (SNG Barratt, Monocoque Metalworks, and a few others) for helping bring this Jaguar back to life! The end result was worth all the stress, the late nights & lost sleep, aggravation, and cuts & bruises.
Remember the sacrifices of those who lost their lives, and have a SAFE Memorial Day!
Remember the days when transmission maintenance meant you periodically checked your transmission fluid level by pulling a metal dipstick from a tube alongside your engine? Well those days are rapidly coming to a close. Many new vehicles are doing away with the transmission dipstick and easily accessible tubes for adding fluid to your car’s transmission.
Here is the reason for the change: a vehicle owner can damage a transmission by overfilling or putting the wrong transmission fluid in the car.
Transmission fluid is not a generic item any more. Various manufacturers are installing fluids with specific formulas to match the precision internal components of modern transmissions. Use the wrong fluid and the transmission can fail long before the car’s new car warranty expires.
Manufacturers do not like replacing transmissions under warranty. It is expensive. Owners get upset. And proving the owner damaged the transmission by using the wrong fluid is both difficult to do and often is more expensive than replacing the transmission.
Sadly many of these owners had their transmission fluid changed by a quick change oil and fluid shop. Try getting the quickie lube shop to pay for the blown transmission. Good luck….
To protect themselves, manufacturers are making it difficult to service transmissions. They are extending recommended service intervals. And in some cases are offering pre-paid maintenance services in the price of a new car.
Transmission fluids still break down. They still get dirty. And they still need to be changed. Failure to maintain a transmission through routine service will shorten the transmission’s life. But from the manufacture’s point of view, a transmission that fails outside the warranty period is not their problem. And since most people who purchase new cars do not keep the vehicles much beyond five years or 100,000 miles, the original purchaser does not much care either.
So what should you do? Experienced mechanics change the transmission fluid on their own vehicles every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. Why? They want their vehicles to last. They understand the importance of transmission services. They have special tools and equipment needed to evacuate and replace fluids. And they know how to select the correct fluid for the vehicle.
If you own a newer car – particularly one you want to keep for 200,000 miles – or if you just purchased a used vehicle, visit a qualified independent repair shop that sells high end lubricants such as Amsoil. Let them check your fluids and follow their recommendations for transmission maintenance and service.
So we can spend some quality time with family, the shop will be closed during the Thanksgiving Holiday from Thursday thru Sunday. We will return to action Monday morning.
Getting to know the technician who is actually working on your car can go a long way for your comfort level in leaving your cherished vehicle in good hands. At an independent shop, such as Authorized Imported Car, you have the opportunity to build relationships with those that handle all of your vehicle needs. This will help build confidence and security that the repairs will be handled with care. Independents are able to give personalized care to your vehicle and are more responsive to your phone calls, as well as keeping you up to date on their findings during the service and repair process. With a dealership, you tend to be more of a number rather than a person, and you may never know who worked on your car, much less feel confident in their skills. For a large dealership, you may even find it difficult to reach a live person to discuss the repairs over the phone.